ArtsBeat reports: Raven-Symoné will take over the lead role of disco singer Deloris Van Cartier in the Broadway musical Sister Act on March 27, the show’s producers announced today.
Raven will replace Patina Miller, who was nominated for a Tony Award last year for her performance, and who will depart the musical on March 18.
Raven, 26, played the young girl Olivia on The Cosby Show in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, and then had a featured role in the television series Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. More recently, she starred in Disney Channel's That’s So Raven and State of Georgia while also recording several albums.
She will be making her Broadway debut in Sister Act, a musical adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris, a woman who – while on the run from killers – hides out in a convent and turns a choir of nuns into a hit act.
Sister Act, which was nominated for five Tonys last year – including for best musical – but won none, has performed modestly at the box office since starting performances last March.
Directed by Jerry Zaks, the show has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Douglas Carter Beane and Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.